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Great year for blossom

Monday, 5 April 2021 at 15:23

Blackberry blossom Although the current bitter weather may yet nip the buds, it's been a grand year for blossom of all kinds. Whether it was the generally wet winter or that touch of warmth and sunshine last week I don't know, but I can't remember seeing so much fruit and early hawthorn blossom in this part of England before. That said, the cherry and plum trees in the garden aren't quite in bud yet. When the blossom does come I'm going to try and protect our fruit trees from the ravages of collared doves and woodpigeons, which together have ruined so much blossom and therefore so much fruit over the past three years.

Strange to recall that it was snowing just this morning. It was one of Housman's lyric voices who determined to go about the woodland rides 'to see the cherry hung with snow' and that description struck me as most apt this afternoon while I was looking at this bush, which isn't a cherry but which is (I think) a wild blackberry in full blossom.

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